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Critical Lessons in Post-Conflict Security in Africa: The Case of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

"This paper reviews the causes of the conflict, the political settlement that was eventually arrived at in order to bring the conflict to an end as well as the nature of the major transitional justice mechanism that was implemented along with its ...

Money and Morality 2006 Transformation Audit

"The thematic focus of the Transformation Audit this year enables us to present, in addition to our regular research updates, some studies relevant to that concern of many South Africans: enrichment and official malpractice. This covers a spectrum...

Ticking Time Bomb or Demographic Dividend? Youth and Reconciliation in South Africa

"This year’s report on the results of round 12 of the Reconciliation Barometer survey offers some deeper insights into the views, opinions and beliefs of young South Africans, particularly around the issues of political participation, the economy,...

The African Union's Response to Gender Based Violence

This Policy Brief analyzed the response of the African Union (AU) to the gender-based sexual violence that has been committed on an epidemic scale in the conflicts across the continent. These incidents of gender-based violence have witnessed inno...

Regional Reconciliation in Africa: Policy Recommendations for Cross Border Transitional Justice

The content of this Policy Brief comprises the aforementioned DIRCO-IJR Policy Workshop, and it discusses the strategies that governmental, inter-governmental and civil society institutions can adopt and implement to more effectively promote and...

Central African Republic: A Conflict Misunderstood

The Central African Republic has been troubled by periodic surges of violence for quite some time. The democratic election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in the December 2015-February 2016 presidential elections offered hope of a new era f...

Perceptions of Economic Security and Well-Being

It was reported - In the first set of results that were released from the 2015 South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) Survey - that more than two thirds of respondents felt that they have little to no trust in South Africans of racial grou...

Vehicles for Accountability or Cloaks of Impunity? How can National Commissions of Inquiry Achieve Accountability for Violations of the Right to Life?

The establishment of national commissions of inquiry is a common governmental response in the aftermath of crisis, including allegations of major human rights violations. Proponents of such commissions suggest that they are a more flexible, partic...

Africa and the Remaking of Global Order

This paper makes the case for Africa to play a role in remaking global order. This is based on the need to address geopolitical insecurity as well as the continent’s need to redress its historical exclusion from the design of the international sys...

“Building Fair and Inclusive Societies after Conflict: A Focus on Civil Society”

"Civil society initiatives are being undertaken in a number of countries in transition to contribute to the building of sustainable peace processes. Recognising that governments may face challenges in terms of implementing capacity and political w...

National Healing and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe: Challenges and Opportunities

"The purpose of this paper is to critically examine issues concerning transitional justice in Zimbabwe after a decade of politically motivated intra-conflicts. The Zimbabwean case highlights the importance of critically examining the relevance of ...

Economic Transformation Beyond 2010: Short-term Remedies and Long-term Strategies

"In the wake of the 2009 general elections, and in the midst of a global recession, a new political guard, representing the post-Polokwane power shift within the African National Congress, took the reins of government. The composition of the new Z...

Transformation Audit 2012 The Youth Dividend Unlocking the Potential of Young South Africans

"This edition of the Transformation Audit makes young people its focal point; accordingly, most of the articles have been written or co-written by emerging young scholars and practitioners. The review articles are incisive, and the opinion artic...

The ICC and Community-Level Reconciliation: In-Country Perspectives Regional Consultation Report

"The discussions at the Regional Consultation focused on three themes: peace and justice; cooperation and complementarity; as well as the rights of victims. The theme on peace and justice examined the evident tension between peace initiatives in...

SA Reconciliation Barometer Report 2010

"Section II analyses survey results related to human security, and finds that despite moderate recent improvements in perceptions of physical security, positive evaluations of economic security have declined between 2009 and 2010, and since the ou...

The Labour Market Chapter 2

"This paper has tried to demonstrate that COSATU remains extremely powerful and influential in South African society, particularly because of its close relationship with the ruling party, the ANC. This power and influence would be the envy of ma...

The South African Defence Review: a Contrarian Perspective

"Through an initiative of the Minister for Defence and Military Veterans, South Africa embarked on a Defence Review in 2011. The Defence Review Committee held its inaugural meeting on 14 July 2011 during which the Minister outlined the Committee’s...

Sequencing the Administration of Justice to Enable the Pursuit of Peace: Can the ICC Play a Role in Complementing Restorative Justice?

"This Policy Brief will argue that there are a number of provisions within the Rome Statute which enable the ICC to sequence its interventions in a way that complements efforts to promote peace. Specifically, the Brief will assess the deferral r...

Missing Stories: Truth Seeking Processes in Northern Uganda

"This policy brief explores the continued relevance of truth‐seeking as an instrument of transitional justice and peace building in Northern Uganda. Over two years after the dissolution of the Juba Peace Talks in November 2008, several questions r...

Enhancing Grassroots Involvement in Transitional Justice Debates: A Report on Consultations held with Victims and Civil Society Organizations in West Nile, Acholi, Lango and Teso Sub Regions in Northern Uganda

"This report is aimed at informing JLOS and other relevant stakeholders working on issues pertaining to victims in northern Uganda about the needs of these victims, as expressed by the individuals themselves. Between November 2010 and February 201...

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